The new Assassin’s Creed game will be titled Origins, and will feature naval combat, male and female protagonists, as well as the biggest map of the series so far.
Ubisoft decided to take a year out from its biggest franchise in 2016. The 2015 instalment, Syndicate, was a critical success, but the buggy mess that preceded it in Unity plagued the company with criticism, and forced it to turn an annual release into a bi-annual one.
Nevertheless, leaks and theories refused to take the two year hiatus alongside the game itself, and rumours began appearing of an Ancient Egypt-based Assassin’s Creed named Empire. According to WWG, a source within Ubisoft now claims that, whilst the location was spot on, the title has now been changed to Origins.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is supposed to be a more open world experience than previous games in the series, both in terms of the size of its map and the lack of linearity. The franchise has always been known for taking players to some of the most famous historical locations of all time, and certainly not holding back when it comes to mapping out entire cities or regions, but WWG claims that Origins may take you even beyond Egypt to as far as Greece. It seems as though the developer has taken inspiration from other open-world games, specifically RPGs, as Origins could possibly have a character driven progression system much like The Witcher 3 and Skyrim. This would be a completely different way of managing how players improve, as previous instalments have relied on purely weapon-based progression.
Another big reveal from WWG’s source is that naval combat will play a big part in Origins, which isn’t surprising considering players may have to traverse from Africa to Europe. Ubisoft wouldn’t be treading in uncharted waters here either, as Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag took place predominantly on sea, and was praised highly for it.
Like Syndicate before it, it also looks as though Origins will allow players to take the role of a female or male protagonist, although it’s unclear as of yet whether this will be a decision made at the beginning or forced upon players during the campaign. Either way it fits in with the increased diversity that a few blockbuster video games are trying to push for at the moment, the most famous of those being Call of Duty: WW2.
It’s more likely than not that we’ll get a big reveal on the new Assassin’s Creed at E3, so get ready to see some pyramid jumping, sphynx climbing madness next month.
Today, a leaked image of the game surfaced on Reddit. It depicts a player character on a boat who wields a bow and arrow and wears a shield on their back.
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